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No July 4 fireworks at Mount Rushmore

NO FIREWORKS Officials at Mount Rushmore National Memorial say the July 4 celebration at the monument in 2012 once again will not include fireworks. Superintendent Cheryl Schreier says that wildfire risks from a pine beetle infestation and the success of the nonexplosive 2010 and 2011 celebrations led to the decision. Efforts to combat the pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills and reduce fire danger are ongoing. But officials say the condition of the forest in the surrounding area continues to deteriorate and remains a concern.

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